it a number of different ways. >> reporter: well, it's interesting. the president yesterday appeared in the diplomatic reception room, made that statement early in the morning before all the drama played out. but while it was apparent what exactly was going to happen, and that is that house speaker john boehner, after days of wrestling with his tea party conservative caucus, was not going to pass what he intended to pass, had to change the bill yet again. got it out of the house of representatives, but if anything it was even deader on arrival in the senate, if you'll forgive the expression, than it would have been before. so it's clear that the president calls for compromise, the president calls for bipartisanship. it's clear that it's up to harry reid and the democratic leader there to work it out with mitch mcconnell or whatever republican senators he can find, alex, because it's all down to them now, with just three days and change left to go. and even under a best case scenario, this thing is going to go right up until the deadline. if you look at all the congressional procedures, and, yes, the politics that have still yet to play out.